For the first time in the history of the European Union, the European Parliament voted today to trigger Article 7 against a member state.
Viktor Orban, Hungary’s tough Prime Minister, has strongly opposed any compulsory EU long-term quota on redistribution of migrants. As such the EU voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged ‘breaches’ of core values.
Prime Minister Orban’s government have taken a hard stance against immigration including the introduction of a law making it a criminal offence for lawyers and activists to help asylum seekers. As such his government has been accused of attacks on the media, minority and the ‘rule of law’. Orban has denied the charges and stood strongly for the mandate upon which his government was elected.